We all know QVC. It is a cable TV shopping channel and if you have a product you really want to sell, that is the place to go. QVC recently did something stupid. Everyone is entitled to make mistakes. This one was a big mistake. Many times it is not the mistake you make but how you deal with the mistake.
QVC realized their mistake and made it right. What was their mistake?
They were going to bring Jane Fonda on to pitch her new book called, “Prime Time.” To say that many veterans of the Viet Nam war hate Jane Fonda would be an understatement. That would be like calling Ft. Knox merely “a warehouse.”
Many Viet Nam veterans and their families hate Fonda for very good cause. In 1972, at the height of the war, Fonda traveled to Hanoi. Her purpose was to give aid and comfort to the Vietnamese during the war. This was a propaganda event of significant proportions.
Fonda posed on a Vietnamese anti aircraft gun, which was being used to shoot at American Aircraft. The North Vietnamese air defenses shot down thousands of American aircraft during the war, resulting in thousands of American fliers either being killed or captured as POW’s. A few lucky one’s would be rescued before capture.
Fonda met with a few POW’s, again in a staged propaganda event. After the war, she called the men liars when they talked about how brutal their treatment was.
There are some myths about Fonda, such as the story of her turning over to the Vietnamese slips of paper captured Americans had given her. Even without the myths, her behavior in 1972 was nothing less than treasonous.
As soon as QVC announced they would have a segment with Fonda, veterans, veterans groups and other patriotic individuals complained to QVC. Whether QVC acted out of simple corporate fear of bad publicity or if they acted because they realized real Americans hate Jane Fonda and they should too, is irrelevant. They cancelled her and did the right thing.
Fonda reacted in typical leftist fashion. She claimed that QVC had caved to “extremist” pressures. In Fonda’s warped world, patriotism is extreme. Fonda went on to say, "Bottom line, this has gone on far too long, this spreading of lies about me! I love my country. I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us."
What is the word I am looking for here? Well, I can’t say it on TPN. How about Male Cow Manure?
Jane Fonda went to Hanoi in the middle of a war. Her trip was a propaganda trip, which had the sole purpose of giving aid and comfort to the enemy. While she was cavorting with the comrades, Americans were being tortured and killed, both in the POW camps and in combat.
Fonda was not some innocent 18 year old at the time. She was 34 when she went to Hanoi. She was almost old enough to be the mother of some 18-year-old draftee fighting in the jungles.
Over the years, Fonda has given a couple of lame apologies, coincidentally timed for when she had a major project going on and real Americans were protesting her.
Fonda is now 73 and wants us to think that was just a long time ago. She may be 73 but so are some of the victims of the North Vietnamese, who she gave aid and comfort to. Those men have lived with what our enemy did to them every day since that war ended. They fought, she parties. They loved this country and she spit on them and America.
As we work for a conservative government in 2013, we should remember, there is a legal term for what she did. It is called Treason.
There is no statute of limitations on Treason.
In the fall of 2003, I had the privilege of hearing Dexter Lehtinen, the husband of Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, speak at the Broward County, Florida Republican Executive Committee meeting. In his speech, he tearfully read a letter he had written about how the treasonous activities of Jane Fonda affected him personally, as a wounded serviceman at the time of Jane's "visit" to Vietnam. I searched the internet for a copy of the letter, which unfortunately I could find only on Snopes (Snopes is generally a terrible website) and I have linked it here. Dexter Lehtinen sure knows what Hanoi Jane really is (a traitor), and he knows the punishment prescribed for treason in our country: death. May justice come to Jane Fonda!
Another good link about Dexter Lehtinen and his views on Hanoi Jane:
Today, in response to QVC's cancellation, Fonda says this--claiming it is all lies:
"Most people don’t buy into the far right lies," said Fonda. "Bottom line, this has gone on far too long, this spreading of lies about me! None of it is true. NONE OF IT!" said Fonda. "I love my country. I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us. I do not understand what the far right stands to gain by continuing with these myths. In this case, they denied a lot of people the chance to hear about a book that can help make life better, easier and more fulfilling. I am deeply grateful for all of the support I have been getting since this happened, including from my Vietnam Veterans friends."
But in an interview with Barbara Walters, she admitted to and apologized for her actions, saying this:
"I would like to say something, not just to Vietnam veterans in New England, but to men who were in Vietnam, who I hurt, or whose pain I caused to deepen because of things that I said or did. I was trying to help end the killing and the war, but there were times when I was thoughtless and careless about it and I'm very sorry that I hurt them. And I want to apologize to them and their families. I will go to my grave regretting the photograph of me in an anti-aircraft gun, which looks like I was trying to shoot at American planes. It hurt so many soldiers. It galvanized such hostility. It was the most horrible thing I could possibly have done. It was just thoughtless..."
The apology on the Barbara Walters show was only ONE of MANY offered by Fonda over the years.
IF, as she now claims, NONE of it is true--all lies perpetrated by the right--then why has she felt the need to offer any apology at all over the years?
An apology is offered when one acknowledges wrong-doing; ergo, Fonda has acknowledged wrong-doing many times! BUT, in true liberal form, it appears that NOW, she has forgotten her admissions of guilt and all her apologies and now wants us to do the same! Now she wants people to believe it's all lies of right-wing activists? Again, in true liberal form, she obviously believes the American people are dumb and have no memory!
As I posted on another site concerning this issue: Fonda had a choice...she could visit our troops fighting in S. Vietnam, offering them comfort and support (as so many other entertainers did); or she could visit the ENEMY in N. Vietnam--a treasonous act in a time of war. She made her choice by choosing the latter and aiding and abetting the enemy (in an attempt to make them look less than the monsters that they were/are). One can only imagine what her cohorts with the enemy did to the morale and confidence of our military men and women fighting this war!
"Yes, Jane, as you told Ms. Walters...'I will go to my grave regretting...'--and, as it appears by your most recent statements, you have forgotten the truth, we will be here to help you remember and regret!"
"by their fruits ye shall know them". Everyone makes mistakes; does stupid things; can realize they screwed up---and can then ask forgiveness---and try to make amends. (Basic Christianity 101; standard 12-Step program). Seems to me in Jane Fonda there has been no real contrition, no genuine regret, no making amends thereafter...
Also to keep in mind: "actions speak louder than words"....
For one who woke up---realized his huge mistake through the years---and now is busy setting the record straight see David Mamet's book, "The Secret Knowledge-On the Dismantling of American Culture." A real gift to us; good (underlined) fruit coming out of his journey. Today we still get Jane Fonda whining, "they just don't get it..." Good for QVC!